The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston, a New England Council member, opened its first-ever residence halls in late August 2018, just in time for the beginning of the new academic year. The new residence halls are the result of a $120 million investment by UMass Boston and will provide housing for over 1,000 students at the university’s Columbia Point campus in Dorchester.
Long considered a “commuter school,” UMass Boston has worked for years to develop on-campus housing for students. Planning for the new facilities dates back over a decade, with the project approved in early 2016, and groundbreaking in December of that year. The 1,077-bed student-housing complex includes two buildings, ranging from seven to 12 stories. The new dorms offer a mix of styles ranging from single-occupancy apartments to four-person units. The buildings also feature living-learning amenities open to the entire UMass Boston community, including seminar rooms, study lounges, and a 500-seat dining commons.
“The whole campus is going to feel completely different,” interim Chancellor Katherine Newman told The Boston Globe.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan joined interim Chancellor Newman for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 28, and students will move in over Labor Day weekend.
The New England Council congratulates UMass Boston on this milestone and commends the university for expanding the options offered to its students as they pursue their education. Read more on UMass Boston’s website or in the Boston Business Journal.